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The police chief in Hinsdale, Massachusetts is leaving one year after taking a position left open by the firing of the former top cop, adding flames to a political firestorm.

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In the latest chapter in a saga that has divided residents, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined the 2014 firing of a Berkshire County police chief was retaliatory and based on her gender.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined the firing of Hinsdale Police Chief Nancy Daniels in 2014 was based on her gender and earlier complaints Daniels’ made about the chair of Hinsdale’s Select Board.

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For much of 2013 and 2014 the small Berkshire County town of Hinsdale was embroiled in a struggle over its police chief, an issue that splintered the town. And there may be a new chief, but the divide remains.

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The town of Hinsdale, Massachusetts plans to swear in a new police chief Sunday. The hiring comes after the board fired Nancy Daniels earlier this year, a decision that has divided the town.

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In the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale, the Select Board Wednesday shot down the bid by ousted Police Chief Nancy Daniels’ to be hired as a part-time officer. Following the decision, the Select Board voted to adjourn the meeting after 15 minutes, as the crowd angrily voiced their disapproval. 

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The Select Board in Hinsdale, Massachusetts has hired a temporary police chief to fill the role left vacant by embattled Chief Nancy Daniels.

Wednesday’s meeting drew an even larger crowd than normal in the town of nearly 2,000, forcing the Select Board to move the gathering to the school gym next door. The rowdy crowd of more than 100 expressed its displeasure with the hiring of former Pittsfield police officer Charles Bassett by a 2 to 1 vote from the board.

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Frustration continues to mount over the controversial status of the police chief and Select Board in the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale.

In November, the town’s Select Board placed Police Chief Nancy Daniels on paid administrative leave because she failed to complete state required training needed to serve as a full-time officer. With the support of the town’s four other police officers, Officer Rodney Maloney presented a letter to the board Wednesday saying Daniels' absence is hurting the town’s 2,000 residents.

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Drama in the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale continues. More than 300 residents have called for the Select Chair to resign, following the Board’s decision to put the police chief on paid administrative leave after she failed to complete state-mandated training.

In recent months there have been a number of changes in police leadership within the small towns that dot western Massachusetts.

Whenever there is leadership change in an organization, there are going to be growing pains. However, those pains may be longer and more damaging when it pertains to small town police chiefs who are replaced because of alleged wrongdoing. Brian Buchner is the president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, or NACOLE.

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The waiting game continues in the small Massachusetts town of Hinsdale as residents have called for the Select Board Chair to resign.

The so-called venomous politics over a variety of topics continue in the town of 2,000, where police officers watch over the meeting room packed with people lining into the hallway each week.

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In the western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale, more than 300 residents are calling for the resignation of the town’s Select Board chair.

The petition delivered by former Select Board chair David Kokindo at Wednesday’s meeting is the latest development in an escalating situation in the town of 2,000.

“The town of Hinsdale’s politics has been very venomous for a very, very long time,” said Kokindo.